Self interest vs self preservation - What are the rights of future generations?

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15th June 2011 18:00 -20:00 St Nicholas House, Bristol, BS12AW


We act as we do because we can get away with it: future generations do not vote; they have no political or financial power; they cannot challenge our decisions - World Commission on Environment and Development
Society is … a partnership not only between those now living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born - Edmund Burke

The fair treatment of everyone's rights is an essential element of a sustainable future. As the Earth's natural resources are put under increasing pressure by our activities, there is a growing concern about intergenerational equity - respecting the rights of future generations to a healthy natural environment. These 'potential people' do not have the capacity to speak for themselves, yet we are building up a debt to them, both financially and ecologically. The Schumacher Institute and the Alliance for Future Generations invite you to join us as we explore our relationship with these people.


Alice Vincent works as a Policy Officer in the World Future Council’s Future Justice Programme. Her fields of activity include the council’s advocacy work on Ombudspersons for Future Generations and she is involved in the Major Group Children and Youth in the run-up to Rio+20. Alice is also a member of the Alliance for Future Generations, bringing together WWF, the Gaia foundation, Friends of the Earth, Forum for the Future, the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development, Peace Child International and the Schumacher Institute. 

Rupert Read co-founded a blog called One World Column and writes regularly on sites such as Liberal Conspiracy, Left Foot Forward, Open Democracy, Le Monde Diplomatique, and the Guardian, as well as on his own blog Rupert’s Read. Over the last years he published several articles on the rights of future people. He is Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. Rooted in the thinking of Wittgenstein the areas of his philosophical interest are language, sciences, literature, film and psychology. He is specialized in the philosophical contexts of a green ecology, environmental regards and politics. The latter expresses itself in his work as one of the  Norwich Green Party Councillors. 

This is the second event in the CONVERGE Rethinking Globalisation seminar series, addressing Fairness, resource use and the rights of future generations.

Space is limited so please email to reserve.

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